Pattaya to impose standard speedboat fare on Koh Larn

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Pattaya will set fares for speedboats operating between Bali Hai Pier and Koh Larn following tourist complaints about prices and service.

Pattaya will set fares for speedboats operating between Bali Hai Pier and Koh Larn following tourist complaints about prices and service.

Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome told the June 29 city council meeting in Pattaya that an investigation earlier this month revealed that 43 operators owned 106 speedboats at Pattaya’s South Pier.

Although all speedboat operators have been spared paying jetty usage fees for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, that hasn’t stopped them from undercutting fares.

This led to complaints about poor service and unsafe conditions, many of which were posted on social media after Koh Larn reopened on June 14.

Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome said the city would regulate the terms and conditions of speedboats serving Bali Hai.

A common tactic has been to sell round trips at rock bottom prices, but tourists have reported drivers leaving them on the island and not returning to take them back to Pattaya.

Others reported that speedboats were dangerously overloaded and no one from the city or the Navy Department was checking passenger loads.

Pattaya officials said June 15 that the city would start selling berth licenses and regulate the number of speedboats that can service Bali Hai. Applications had to be submitted by June 18, when the city began deciding who could operate at the wharf.

Sonthaya did not indicate any decision taken or yet considered. He simply said the city would set the standard price for speedboat services and ensure that all boats and drivers are registered.

Pattaya City Council member Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn said that in August 2020 the council discussed organizing the Bali Hai pier, but nothing concrete was done.
The mayor said the city would set a standard price for speedboat services and ensure all boats and drivers are registered.


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